A teenage entrepreneur in the US is pencilling out a prosperous future for himself, after starting up his own firm handcrafting wooden office supplies, the LA Times reports.
David Pantoja, 16, from Oxnard High School began making the office supplies in a shop-class project and after attending an entrepreneurship course, started his company Dave’s Pens.
The pens and pencils are crafted from hand-turned Bahama cherry, amboyna burl and other exotic woods.
His office supplies efforts were recognised by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship in April, as he was one of 33 young entrepreneurs awarded $750 (£370) at a New York ceremony.
Later the next month, he scooped second place and $1,000 in a competition run by the Greater Los Angeles office.
He was set to go to junior college, after suffering poor results in high school. Now he is gearing himself up for a month long entrepreneurship scholarship programme at University of Southern California.
"I ended up stepping into reality and saying, ‘I am in high school and I need to do so much better’," he commented.
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